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Best Places to Ski & Snowboard Worldwide

By Traveling Wizard | Posted in: Adventure Travel, Skiing, Snowboarding

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Skiing and snowboarding Season is finally here. For your convenience have compiled a list of the best places to ski and snowboard worldwide. The best resorts by far are located in Europe. However, our list includes every region so regardless of where your travels take you, you’re bound to find a place to ski or snowboard. TravelingWizard is committed to doing all the research for you so you can have more time to play. When you’re ready to book your flight simply go to www.travelingwizard.com for the best deals. TravelingWizard.com is commited to Saving The Planet…One Trip At A Time.

 Asia

Yabuli Ski Resort, Heliongjiang Province, China                              Yabuli Ski Resort is China’s Premier Ski Resort. Although other resorts may claim to be the best in China, Yabuli Ski Resort is in a class by itself. In fact Yabuli Ski Resort is the primary training venue for China’s national teams (Alpine, Nordic (aka Cross-Country) and Freestyle teams). The 1996 Asian Winter Games, the third such event in the series, were held here. Yabuli Ski Resort has 9 intermediate to advanced-level Alpine pistes, a 5-kilometer Nordic trail and a 500-meter gentle Alpine slope for beginners. The resort’s prime advanced-level Alpine piste measures some 3000m with a vertical drop of 805m making it the longest most challanging Alpine ski piste in all of Asia.

 

Japan

There are over 200 ski resorts in Japan here’s our recommendations.

Hokkaido Island, Niseko, Japan

Niseko is often called “little Australia”, because there are so many Australian tourists there. It’s popular with foreigners because of its size with 4 resorts combined. The most popular but also the most crowded.

Dynaland, Gifu, Japan

Dynaland is the largest and one of the most popular ski resorts in Gifu Prefecture. It offers 19 runs catering to all levels including a sizable Snow Park with kickers, table tops, boxes and rails.                                                                 

Shiga Kogen, Japan

Shiga Kogen is a cozy ski resort nestled in the heart of the Joshinetsu National Park in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Known for its grand scale, varied ski terrain, spectacular panoramic views, and quality snow, Shiga Kogen is the ultimate choice for skiers and snowboarders. Shiga Kogen was the host of 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Giant Slalom event.                                                                                                                      

Tohoku, Japan

The Tohoku Region, in the north-east of Japan, is bounded on three sides by ocean. Running north-south along its centre is the Ou Ranges, a spine of mountains between      1,500m and 2,000m in height, that provides the perfect topography for prime ski grounds.

Snow Paradise Inawashiro, Fukushima, Japan                                  Within Bandia National Park and surrounded with soothing natural hot springs. With its wide slopes, long runs, and great quality of snow, it is the favorite with skiers and snowboarders. Snow Paradise Inawashiro was once chosen as the location for the Japan Amateur Sports Association.

Takasu Snow Park, Gifu, Japan

Japan’s Mecca of snowboarding as it boasts the largest snowboarding facility in Eastern Japan with unique and diverse runs.

Hakuba, Japan

Lying in the heart of the Japanese Alps, located in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan, you’ll find this amazing wonderland. A small resort town located in a valley with towering mountain peaks, Hakuba is home to 10 ski resorts and a combined total of more than 200 runs. Hakuba also has an excellent après-ski scene with a wide variety of pubs and restaurants.  

 

Australia & New Zealand

Perisher Blue, Australia

Perisher Blue was crowned as Australia’s number one ski destination in the Australian Luxury Travel Gold List Awards. Thousands of skiers and snowboarders participated in the survey voting Perisher Blue the best Australian ski resort.

South Island & North Island, New Zealand

Turoa on the southwestern slope of Mount Ruapehu and Sister slope Whakapapa Ski Area is located on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu.  Both fabulous ski spots in New  Zealand.

Christchurch, New Zealand

The second largest city in New Zealand has more than ten ski spots all less than a 3 hour drive from the airport.

Treble Cone, Wanaka, New Zealand

Treble Cone is known for its world famous views and with the largest ski area in the South Island, it offers skiers and snowboarders plenty of snow to conquer.

 

North America

Banff, Canada, Canadian Rockies

Slopes with tons of snowfall, less crowds, in a city filled with spirit right in the heart of Banff National Park. And just 15 minutes away from Banff you’ll find Sunshine Village which offers over 3,300 acres of terrain on three mountains, with an average annual snowfall of over 30 feet.

Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise Mountain is the second largest ski area in Canada. Just behind Whistler Blackcomb. Lake Louise has incredible  terrain jaw, astounding scenery and extremely fluffy powder. Lake Louise has better terrain and fewer lift lines than Whistler Blackcomb.

Powder King, BC, Canada

Located in the natural wilderness of the Canadian Rockies, Powder King is an amazing ski and snowboarding resort which has annual snowfall of up to 41 feet. Everything from dare devil drops for the advanced, to friendly gentle slopes for the beginner.   

Tremblant, Canada

The #1 resort for ski & snowboarding vacation in Canada with exceptional snow conditions. Tremblant is a fantastic ski resort with low traffic.

Whistler, Canada

With 6 massive high-alpine bowls, including one appropriately called Doom & Gloom, makes Whistler the best choice for thrill-seekers. Snow fall over 30 feet. The adjoining Blackcombe Mountains offers the advance skiers and snowboarders steeper mountains with long glacial descents.

 Alta, Utah, USA

Last time I checked this resort still prohibited snowboarders so If you’re a snowboarder like me please check before you go to see if they’ve changed their rules. This resort is near Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains. Utah’s annual snowfall averages 500 inches creating excellent powder for skiing.  

 Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, USA

At over 13,000 feet in elevation this is North America’s highest skiable resort. This high elevation also allows it to have the longest ski seasons in North America. “A-Basin” (as its referred to by the locals) opens around mid-October and stays open until June or July.
  

Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, Montana, USA

Bridger Bowl is a resort with outstanding snowfall without the crowds. Locally owned and a non-profit ski area helps keeps ticket prices down, which make it a favorite for Montana locals. Bridger Bowl has some of the best terrain and powder in North America.

Heavenly, USA

Heavenly resort is less than 1 hour away from Reno’s airport. Right on th boarder of California and Nevada means you can ski or snowboard in the day and hit the casinos for entertainment on the Nevada side at night.

 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

So you think you’re a pro? Better watch the locals drop over the lip of Corbet’s Couloir before you attempt it yourself. Jackson Hole offers skiers and snowboarders amazing terrain and fabulous snow. Consistently winning awards and being ranked as the resort with the best snow conditions in the
world, Grand Targhee gets over 40 feet of snow annually. 

 Kirkwood Mountain Resort, California, USA

This is a mountain with lots of deep powder without the long lift lines. Kirkwood is known for its fabulous cliff drops and fluffy powder qualifying it as one of the best ski resorts in North America.

Loveland, Colorado, USA

Located at the top of the Continental Divide Loveland is one of the highest ski resorts in North America–with a base elevation starting at 10,800 feet. Its high elevation and early snowfall allow it to be one of the first resorts to open for the season and making it one of the best places to ski natural powder in the country.

Mount Bachelor, Oregon, USA

Mount Bachelor is located on a volcanic peak and is best known for its extremely deep powder and wide variety of terrain.  Mount Bachelor gets over 25 feet of snow annually on its 3,600 acres of terrain and wide-open bowls.  

Mount Baker, Washington, USA

With 1,140 inches of snowfall during the 1998-1999 season Mount Baker holds the world record for the most snowfall in one season. Consistent heavy snowfall and over 1,000 acres of lift accessible terrain, topped with amazing views of the Cascades and the fabulous Mt. Shuksan Peak, Mount Baker is a premier choice.

Snowmass Mountain, Colorado, USA

It may not be as popular as its sister resort in Aspen, but Snowmass Mountain is bigger and located in a better geographical area on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. Snowmass has 3,128 acres of snow terrain, offering wide cruiser runs for family skiing and snowboarding plus many areas with extreme terrain and steep glades for the more advanced.  

Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont, USA

Stowe Mountain located on the tallest mountain in Vermont is the only east coast ski resort to make our list. Unlike some of the other east coast resorts Stowe Mountain gets lots of fresh powder. Its four steep runs called the “Front Four” (National, Goat, Satyr and Lift line) are the toughest and most challenging slopes in the east coast.

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, USA

1300 acres of fabulous snow terrain nestled in the beautiful Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Taos offers steep chutes, cliffs, fall lines and 3 miles of connected ridges. Although this region doesn’t get as much snowfall as other parts of the country it’s still a gem for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

Winter Park, USA

Enormous snowfalls and lots of fresh powder in this unpretentious Colorado town make Winter Park a world-class ski and snowboarding resort. Even Cross-country skiers consider Winter Park an ideal choice with over 125 miles of trails.

 Vail, USA

Vail ranks as one of the finest ski resorts in the world. Vail guarantees to fulfill the highest demands of the most advanced skiers with outstanding powder in 7 bowls.

 

South America

Chapelco, Argentina

Chapelco is the pampered child of Argentinian Patagonia. One of the most beautiful ski resorts in the country. Chapelco is the ideal ski resort for Argentinians and international skiers worldwide. It offers 22 trails of various difficulties and excellent snow quality with a spectacular view of Lake Lácar, combined with the lenga forests and the Lanín Volcano makes Chapelco a unique choice for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

 El Colorado, Chile

El Colorado ski resort is located just 50 kilometers from the capital city of Santiago. With its16 lifts and 25 trails, El Colorado is Chile’s largest and most popular ski resort. With 40 kilometers of skiable terrain and 70 ski slopes for beginners, advanced and experts to conquer.

 Gran Catedral, Bariloche, Argentina

Gran Catedral is a mountain located just 19 kilometers from San Carlos de Bariloche, inside the Nahuel Huapí National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. Its named Mount Catedral because its peaks resemble the towers of a Gothic style medieval temple. With  over 67 kilometers of trails accessible by 27 major lifts it’s certainly one of the largest resorts in Argentina.

La Parva, Chile

La Parva offers 38 kilometers of skiable terrain with 30 long and varied runs that may interconnect with the Nevado runs (with a special ticket). Its 14 lifts will take you to vertical drops with various ranges. La Parva provides sunny runs with good snow conditions.

 Las Lenas, Argentina

One important detail you must know about Las Lenas resort is that it’s completely above the tree line. Trees act as a buffer during snowstorms therby absorbing most of the wind force and taking a lot of the snow out of the air. Without the trees, Las Lenas extreme storms are furious and un-skiable. It’s only days after the storms and the lifts are dug out from heavy snowfall that skiers can take full advantage of the great snow conditions. Sometimes the Marte chairlift that access the upper mountain won’t run for days because of high winds. But the steep terrain, the endless off-piste areas, and some of most amazing views in the world make it worthwhile.

 Portillo, Chile
Owned by two North Americans, Bob Purcell and Dick Aldrich this resort is probably the best-run ski resort and the most spectacular in the continent. Portillo is a successful ski area that is loved by thousands of skiers worldwide. With first-rate snow, they cater to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Their terrain is carefully groomed daily with plenty of choices, easy access and crowd free.

Termas De Chillian, Chile

 This is Chile’s most complete Ski and Spa center featuring a variety of 28 meticulously groomed runs within 35 km (22 miles). With nine lifts and unmatched snow conditions all in a pristine native forest makes Termas De Chillian South America’s number one choice for skiers and snowboarders.

 Valle Nevado, Chile
In the heart of the Andes and close to Santiago de Chile, this is the largest ski resort and probably the most modern in Patagonia. Valle Nevado has 9,000 hectares of skiable surface, with 37 kilometers of ski trails of various difficulties.

 

Europe                                                                                

 Pas De La Casa, Andorra                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pas de la Casa is Andorra’s liveliest resort on the French border right at the largest ski area in Andorra. The Andorran ski resort of Pas de la Casa / Grau Roig is part of the Grandvalira Ski Area with over 286 pistes. With a select ski Lift Pass you can ski or snowboard in the other Grandvalira ski resorts (Canillo, Encamp and Soldeu El Tarter). At night a wild nightlife will erupt from duty free bars and pubs. 

Igls, Austria

A great village above the beautiful city of Innsbruck, Igls was the Olympic center for the 1976 Olympics. Igls is part of the Innsbruck Glacier Ski/Stubai SuperSki area with direct access to 12km of downhill skiing, with 11 individual pistes accessed by 7 ski lifts. In addition, the ski Lift Pass also entitles you to ski or snowboard in the other 3 Innsbruck Glacier Ski/Stubai SuperSki ski resorts (Fulpmes, neustift im Stubaital and Tulfes). 

Ischgl, Austria

This is as good as it gets for skiers and snowboarders. The skiing conditions are superb and off-piste a dream come true. Ischgl is a fabulous resort with modern lifts and probably the best skiing in Austria. Visit Ischgl before its discovered by the rest of the world.

 Kaprun, Austria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kaprun offers fabulous family facilities and superb high-altitude skiing. The Austrian ski resort of Kaprun is part of the Europa Sport Region SKi Area with access to 130km of downhill skiing and 81 individual pistes. The proper lift ticket will give you access to the entire Europa Sport Region ski area including Kitzsteinhorn and Zell Am See.  Cross country skiers will enjoy the 200km of trails around the valley, including a 10km track on frozen Lake Zell and a 6km illuminated track at Kapun. There are also plenty of bars to visit when you’ve had enough skiing and snowboarding for the day.

 Kitzbühel, Austria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kitzbühel is the most glamorous and expensive resort of all Austrian resorts. Its wide variety of accommodations includes a magical fairytale 16th-century castle. After a long skiing day in Kitzbühel, if you still have the energy, they have nightlife that can last forever. Kitzbühel is Austria’s winter entertainment capital and top European performers appear throughout the season. During the Hahnenkamm Downhill World Cup, which is held on mid January yearly, the streets of Kitzbühel are filled with music and laughter.

Obergurgl, Austria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Tirolean resort of Obergurgl is a small resort with top quality hotels with high standards. Some even offer wellness centers, Turkish baths, whirlpools, saunas, massages and spa treatments. However since this resort is small it offers a limited amount of runs and terrain for skiers and boarders.

 Salzburg, Austria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It’s the landscape and the great snow conditions of Salzburg that attract skiers and boarders worldwide. Salzburg is most famously known as the filming location for “The Sound of Music” and is also Mozart’s birthplace. The Salzburg region (known as “Land Salzburg”) contains more than 100 ski resorts offering skiers and snowboarders unlimited miles of trails and skiing possibilities. Some areas south of Salzburg also offer natural hot springs. With so many resort options in one region this is the mecca for skiers and snowboarders.

Seefeld, Austria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seefeld has one of the largest and most popular ski schools in Austria. It’s the ideal spot to learn new skills.  Seefeld is also the home of cross-country skiing and is Austria’s leading cross-country resort which also includes the course designed for the 1976 Olympics and the 1985 world championships.

 Soll, Austria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A great beginners’ resort. Their Learn to Ski lift pass saves you money because you only pay for what you use. Most ski instructors will include it in their Learn to Ski packages. Located in the heart of the largest lift-linked ski area in Austria, the Ski Welt with 250km of trails is also known as the resort with the  most artificial snow on record. Söll is also part of the Kitzbüheler Alpen Ski Pass, an alliance of five ski areas with a combined total of 260 lifts, offering you unlimited skiing possibilities.

 St. Anton, Austria

Considered on of the top 10 resorts in the world St. Anton offers spectacular beauty and the most reliable (and excellently maintained) snow in Austria. Known for its challenging skiing, incredible views and lively apres ski.  For experts, the skiing can get as difficult as you want it to be.

 Bansko, Bulgaria                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bansko is Bulgaria’s number one ski resort. After a recent multi million Euro investment it now has the most modern ski center of all Bulgarian ski resorts. Bansko also has the best snow in the Natural preserve Pirin. A gondola carries skiers and snowboarders from the ski centre to the beginners’ area or ski-school  record and the longest ski season (15 Dec – 15 May) of all Bulgarian ski resorts. The town of Bansko is located in Southwestern Bulgaria at 1,600 m in approximately 20 minutes. Two chair lifts continue on to the highest slopes at 2,500 m, beneath the Todorka Peak. There are 17 pistes in Bansko to keep you more than happy all day.

Borovets, Bulgaria

Borovets is the oldest Bulgarian winter resort dating back to 1896. Today Borovets is the biggest and most modern resort in Bulgaria. It’s also much less expensive than many of the other resorts. So if you want great value with great snow conditions consider Borovets.

 Levi, Lapland, Finland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             With a total 44 runs serviced by 28 lifts, this is one of Finland’s largest snowboard and ski resorts. Levi, Lapland is within the Arctic Circle which means it gets a large amount of powder thereby also creating a very long season. Keep in mind that since Levi, Lapland is within the Arctic Circle, the daylight hours are shorter and the temperature can get very low, even below -40°C. These extreme temperatures require proper thermal layering and facial cover. In fact, Levi has open fires in teepees at the bottom of many slopes for the skiers and snowboarders that need a break to warm up.

 Ruka, Lapland, Finland

Ruka is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty in North-East Finland just below the Arctic Circle. Ruka was also recently voted as one of Finland’s best ski resorts. Skiers and boarders are spoiled with the impressive snow fall records and uncrowned pistes. The scenery is a truly incredible with an abundance of frozen lakes and snow covered forests.

 Brides-Les-Bains, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The natural spa town Brides-Les-Bains is a popular destination in France known as the place to unwind in a natural spa. The Spa de Brides-les-Bains offers traditional oriental baths and aromatic steam rooms to help rid toxins from you body. Brides-Les-Bains was also the “Olympic Village” for the 1992 Winter Olympics. It is also one of the larger Ski Resorts in France with access to 600km of downhill skiing, 274 individual pistes and 196 ski lifts. Overall an excellent choice to ski, snowboard and unwind all on the same trip.

Chamonix, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Europe’s highest mountain Chamonix is nestled beneath Mont Blanc.  Just over an hour’s drive from Geneva it’s a great choice for a ski trip. If you’re a passionate skier you must visit Chamonix at least once in your lifetime. It has some of the most extreme off-piste skiing in the world and at night the town comes alive with over 100 restaurants and bars to choose from.

Courchevel, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Courchevel has a reputation for being the world’s best ski resort. The resort is comprised of four villages with varying levels. Courchevel 1850 is the highest and is the favorite Alpine hangout. Its top hotels and restaurants are among the best (and most expensive) in the Alps. For those with a limited budget the lower villages are much less expensive alternatives. Many visitors never leave the Courchevel sector but there is easy access to the other three valleys. Besides their great slopes and dedicated snowboarder park, they also offer ice skating, tobogganing, skidoos, ice climbing and very cool bars.

Flaine, France

Set high in the Haute Savoie alpine region of France, Flaine is the core resort of the Grand Massif domain. Flaine is a huge snow bowl encompassing 140 km of slopes which breakdown as 8 green, 22 blue, 29 red and 4 black. Flaine also offers special kids clubs, kindergartens and ski schools, plus indoor pool and ice-skating. Apres-ski is mosty informal with many restaurants options for families.

Le Corbier, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The French ski resort of Le Corbier is part of the  Les Sybelles Ski Area with access to 220 individual pistes. With a select ski lift pass you can ski or snowboard in all the other Les Sybelles ski resorts of  Albiez Montrond, La Toussuire, Les Bottieres, St. Colomban des Villards, St. Jean d’Arves and St. Sorlin d’Arves. Le Corier is a great choice for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

 Les Arcs, France

One of the most beautiful mountain areas in Europe located between an altitude of 810 to 3800m, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 2000 offer ultimate ski and snowboarding conditions. Les Arcs features Europe’s biggest vertical drop of 2,000m down the 7km black Aiguille Rouge and the challenging runs around Arc 2000 are the most popular with experienced skiers and snowboarders. Easy access, fresh air, wide open spaces and spectacular views, you can’t ask for anything better.

 Les Deux Alpes, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Les Deux Alpes skiing is great and ranks among the highest in France with 200kms of ski slopes.Whatever type of skier you are consider Les Deux Alpes, its ease of location, budget and friendly atmosphere make it an ideal choice. The fact that it is a glacial resort means Les Deux Alpes has an excellent snow record. No other resort in the French Alps has a wider variety of clubs, pubs, and après-ski fun. Check out the Avalanche, O’Brians Irish Bar, Crowded House or the Windsor Pub.

Les Gets, France

Les Gets in Portes du Soleil is as fantastic ski village. Situtated at the bottom of the slopes at 1200m, the ski resort of Les Gets has an excellent reputation for its skiing and is also part of the enormous Portes du Soleil (in the Haute Savoie region) skiing area with 650 km of slopes between France and Switzerland. Les Gets has 65 groomed trails easily accessible with their 53 lifts.

 Meribel, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Méribel lies in the very center of the “Three Valleys” which is the most popular French ski area and holiday destination in the world. It is without a doubt one of France’s most attractive ski resorts. Méribel offers 375 miles of totally linked piste with the other two ski resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens. Their lift system is hi tech with practically no lines, their skiing options are including endless including off piste possibilities. The après ski party scene starts even before the sun sets. Try Jack’s and Rond Point’s “happy hours” starting mid-afternoon for some fun. Some other hot après ski spots are Dick’s Tea Bar, The Pub and Scott’s for dancing.

 Sauze D’Oulx, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sauze d’Oulx is one of five villages that form the Milky Way which extends over the border into France. The Milky Way covers Sestriere, Claviere, Cesana, Sansicario, Montgeneve and Sauze D’Oulx resorts and offers visitors a combined total of 400km of pistes with 140 slopes accessed by 93 lifts. Sauze D’Oulx is a lovely, friendly and lively medieval town offering excellent skiing options for all levels followed by a lively après-ski scene. If you love to ski by day and party by night, Sauze d’Oulx is your resort.

 Serre Chevalier, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Serre Chevalier is one of the biggest ski resorts in Europe. Covering 250 kilometers of pistes with altitudes of 1200 and 2800 meters it the perfect resort from beginners to experts. It has an excellent snow record and is a well-kept secret. Serre Chevalier is made up of 13 small villages that connect to other resorts. This resort is a gem.

 Val d’Isère, France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Val d’Isère is for serious skiers, boarders and party animals. Val d’Isère and Tignes are part of the huge Espace Killy ski area with a reputation for excellent snow records. It is rated as one of the top five winter sport destinations in Europe and one of the top ten   worldwide. Boasting 97 lifts and high-altitude skiing at nearly 3,500m, Val is “the resort” offering the best skiing in Europe not just for advanced, but for all levels.

Champoluc, Italia

This resort remains largely uncrowded except for the first week in January, when half of Turin shows up to ski. Champoluc is part of the Monterosa Ski area, in the Aosta Valley, with approx 200km of runs combined mostly intermediate. Champoluc is a Italian venue, with great food and fun après ski which numerous restaurants and bars. Champoluc offers breathtaking scenery and some decent off-piste for better skiers. Champoluc is located below Monte Rosa, Italy’s tallest mountain.

Cortina, Italia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cortina is where the first Winter Olympics were held in Italy and it still hosts world class ski events due to its great ski conditions. Cortina is fashionable and trendy with fabulous après-ski partiers. All of Cortina’s slopes are open to snowboarders  plus 73 miles of trails are dedicated to cross-country skiers.

 Livigno, Italia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Livigno is a fabulous all around ski resort offering ideal high attitude and sunny ski conditions with lots of entertainment during and after your ski day. Located on Valtellina Alpine Valley near the Swiss boarder, Livigno has well maintained pistes easily accessible through modern ski lifts. Livigno’s valleys offer lots of fabulous options for skiers & snowboarders of all levels. At the end of your run, fuel up in one of the many fun and social Irish pubs, cafes and restaurants. 

Madonna Di Campiglio, Italia

High in the Dolomites, this resort is a fabulous family destination. Madonna offers a good variety of skiing terrain for all levels. Situated at 1520m with approximately 100km of skiable terrain, Madonna is considered a big skiing resort. It also has a more sophisticated après ski scene than most European resorts. If you have children, take advantage of the classes. If you book your kids in the local ski school, the instructor will pick them up directly at the hotel each morning.

 Selva Val Gardena, Italia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With over 98kms of excellent trails, Selva is ideal for cross country skiers. If you need a break from skiing, Selva also offers guided winter walking with incredibly breathtaking scenery. Some of the pit stops include Laurin Keller for popular après ski and Miravalle for tasty pizza.

 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’re looking for a resort that offers great skiing and boarding conditions with outstanding scenery without leaving you broke, then Kranjska Gora in Slovenia is the resort for you. Their lift passes are some of the least inexpensive in Europe and their instructors use excellent learning methods which will have you skiing and boarding in no time.

 Krvavec, Slovenia

Krvavec has been awarded the title for the best organized ski resort in Slovenia. Krvavec is part of the Bohinj Ski Area with access to 92 individual pistes. Krvavec’s  Lift Pass will also allow you to ski or snowboard in all the other  6 Bohinj ski resorts (Bled, Kobla, Kranjska Gora, Soriska Planina, Stari Vrh and Vogel). Another benefit is that Krvavec also has one of the world’s shortest transfer times from any city airport, 15 minutes by taxi, then a seven-minute gondola ride to the mountain.

 Arinsal, Spain                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Based in Vallnord and accessible from either Toulouse, France or Bacelona, Spain, there is no better way to experience Andorra. Arinsal won’t disappoint you with it’s 30 lifts serving 42 pistes (mostly intermediate). And when it comes to après ski Arinsal has a lively atmosphere with a superb selection of bars and restaurants that will keep you partying all night long. Try La Riba Bar, Surf Bar and The Rocky Mountain.

 Soldeu, Spain

Soldeu has a very relaxed, friendly atmosphere and a great après ski scene. Soldeu is the big daddy of the greater Grand Valley ski area of Andorra that includes Encamp, Canillo, Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig and El Tarter. The village still retains some of its traditional charm with old fashioned rural inns (bordas) and some converted farmhouses. It has 110 trails with good groomed snow and fun off-piste skiing and snowboarding for all levels.

 Davos, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Davos is the largest ski resort in Switzerland and the highest city in Europe. Davos consists of five independent ski areas (Jakobshorn, Schatzalp/Strela, Parsenn, Pischa and Rinerhorn). Breathtaking scenery and clean mountain air, this famous Swiss Alpine metropolis is an excellent ski choice. The slopes are kept immaculately groomed, and the runs are super long. Davos also offers miles of cross-country trails, tobogganing, sleigh rides and ice skating on Europe’s largest outdoor rink.

 Kandersteg, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The scenic village of Kandersteg is in a wide valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is easily accessible by car or train with connections to Germany, Belgium and Italy. The two ski resorts of  Oeschinen and Sunnbüel provide excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding for all levels and are connected by a complimentary Sport-Bus. The pistes are wide and with great visibility and range from easy to fairly difficult. The trails are beautifully maintained and pass by scenic forests and streams.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Saas Fee offers breathtaking views of their massive mountains and the surrounding glaciers. There are 32 pistes covering 100Km with something for everyone. Most of the runs are for intermediates with over 50kms of runs rated intermediate. Boarding is popular here with half pipes and fun parks in addition to the slopes.

 St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is Switzerland’s most famous exclusive winter resort. It’s a celebrity magnet, glitzy, fashionable and pricey. If you have the budget and want to ski with champagne wishes and caviar dreams, this is the resort for you. Lifts and mountain trains leaving from both St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad transport skiers and snowboarders to enjoy world class snow conditions on an abundant variety of pistes.

 Verbier, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Situated in a high in Switzerland’s southern Alps, Verbier is justifiably famous as one of the most outstanding ski areas in Europe with views of Mont Blanc to the west and the Matterhorn to the east. The skiing is vast and varied with over 400 km of piste covering four Valleys with three main areas: the Verbier area, the Savolyeres area an the Bruson area. Their excellent après ski offers an many restaurants and popular bars where lively nightlife abound along with an array of shops and boutiques in the village center.

Hafjell & Lillehammer, Norway                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The little lakeside town of Lillehammer (known as a “Scandinavian Treasure”) hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994. The resorts of Lillehammer and Hafjell have excellent snow conditions that ensure an extended ski season from November to April. Hafjell is where many of the Olympic events took place in 1994 but there’s also lots of cross-country terrain around and near Lillehammer. Hafjell is a high ranking resort due to its perfect runs and combined with Lillehammer nightlife it’s an ideal destination. Lillehammer is one of the best places in Europe for cross-country skiing, great for families and beginners with plenty of activities.

Voss, Norway                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Voss is set amidst the beautiful Sogne and Hardanger Fjords on the West coast of Norway. Its lakeside location adds even more charm to its natural scene. Its easily accessible via the daily scheduled flights from the UK and their un crowded slopes and genuine Norwegian hospitality make Voss a clear favorite with Brits. Through the two ski resorts, Voss offers excellent ski options for all levels from nursery slopes to demanding terrain for the experienced. There are also excellent facilities for cross-country skiing and other powdered snow sports.

 

Soviet Union 

Krasnaya Polyana, Soviet Union

Krasnaya Polyana is the most sophisticated ski and snowboard resort in Russia and will be the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. This resort is famous for its well-maintained pistes and quality apres-ski. The lifts are fast and convenient, the runs are in a very good condition but keep in mind that their prices also tend to be higher than most Russian resorts. 

 

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